Archives for April 2016
KOTA KINABALU, –Perbicaraan kes pencerobohan di Kampung Tanduo, Lahad Datu pada Februari 2013 ditangguhkan sehingga 17 Mei.
Perbicaraan itu yang ditangguhkan semalam, sepatutnya diadakan hari ini.
Peguam Majnah Abdillah, seorang daripada peguam yang mewakili 13 tertuduh warganegara Filipina yang diperintah membela diri, berkata pihak pembelaan mempunyai dua lagi saksi, tetapi mereka hanya dapat memberi keterangan pada 16 Mei.
Bagaimanapun, Hakim Mahkamah Tinggi Stephen Chung, yang mendengar kes itu, menetapkan 17 Mei untuk menyambung perbicaraan itu.
Warga Filipina itu dan seorang lelaki rakyat tempatan membela diri di Jabatan Penjara Sabah di sini terhadap pelbagai pertuduhan yang didakwa dilakukan mereka antara 12 Feb dan 10 April 2013.
Sebahagian daripada mereka menghadapi satu hingga pelbagai tuduhan menjadi anggota sebuah kumpulan pengganas dan melancarkan perang terhadap Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Sebahagian yang lain pula dituduh secara sukarela melindungi individu yang mereka tahu menjadi anggota sebuah kumpulan pengganas atau mendapatkan dan memberi sokongan kepada sebuah kumpulan pengganas.
Sementara itu, Majnah memberitahu Bernama urusan penghantaran sedang dilakukan untuk menghantar pulang mayat seorang daripada tertuduh ke Filipina minggu depan.
Habil Suhaili, 68, yang sering sakit berikutan penyakit asma sepanjang perbicaraan itu sejak 6 Jan 2014, meninggal dunia pada 23 April di Hospital Queen Elizabeth di sini.
Dia didakwa menjadi anggota sebuah kumpulan pengganas bersama-sama anak lelakinya, Timhar, 39.
Timhar kelihatan tenang di mahkamah sejak kematian bapanya dan dilihat memegang dan membaca kitab kecil yang mengandungi surah Yasin, surah ke-36 dalam al-Quran. –BERNAMA
KUALA LUMPUR, — Security in Sabah waters will be given a booster shot in the arm when underwater detection and coastal surveillance systems, complemented by six US-made attack helicopters are set in motion.
The Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) will install an underwater detection system at the Royal Malaysian Navy base in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, while the coastal surveillance system is for use in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone).
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the six MD-530G helicopters made by McDonnell Douglas would be received by year-end.
He said the helicopters were acquired specifically to reinforce defence at the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom).
“All of these assets will be placed in Sabah, and we will also deploy Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV25), namely ‘Gempita’,” he added.
Hishammuddin was speaking to reporters after witnessing the signing of contracts and memorandi of understanding during the 2016 Defence Services Asia (DSA 2016) Exhibition and Conference at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) here Tuesday.
At the event, a total of 10 contract documents and four letters of acceptance worth RM2.9 billion were signed between Malaysia and a number of defence firms.
In a related development, the Defence Minister said four Blackhawk helicopters from Brunei were also expected to arrive later this year to strengthen security in the region.
“Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah has bestowed us the Blackhawks and we will upgrade them and buy the spare parts ourselves.
“This acquisition is not only to strengthen Sabah’s security but also Brunei’s,” he said.
Commenting on the proposed joint patrols to tackle piracy and kidnapping in the Sulu Sea, Hishammuddin said the threat could not be addressed by one country alone.
“What is being done in the Straits of Melaka (with Thailand and Singapore) can also be implemented in the Sulu waters,” he said.
Yesterday, Hishammuddin reportedly proposed to invite Singapore and Thailand to become observers of Sulu Sea security patrols.
The four-day DSA 2016 exhibition which began yesterday saw the participation of companies from 60 countries.
Meanwhile in KOTA KINABALU, Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Abd Rashid Harun said the stationing of the six US attack helicopters in ESSZone would certainly beef up security in the region.
“It is a good approach…and will increase existing assets to ensure the security of east Sabah is preserved,” he told reporters today, after flagging-off the YADIM-PDRM-DBKK-JPAM Concern Convoy to help fire victims in Kampung Titingan, Tawau.
Also present at the flagging-off ceremony were Sabah Islamic Missionary Foundation Malaysia (YADIM) director Samin Ongki.
On the humanitarian aid convoy for the fire victims in Tawau, Abd Rashid said cash, clothing and essential items would be delivered, adding this was proof of the Sabah west coast community’s concern for those affected.—BERNAMA
TAWAU,– The Royal Malaysia Police (RMP) and the Indonesian security forces should coordinate their actions in handling Friday’s kidnapping of four Indonesian crew members from a boat in international waters near the southern Philippines, said Sabah police commissioner Datuk Abdul Rashid Harun.
He said the cooperation was important to expedite efforts of the police to assist following the kidnapping case.
“We will assist in any action with the parties concerned including the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) on the case,” he told reporters after visiting a victim who was injured by a gunshot in the incident, at the Tawau General Hospital here, Sunday.
Abdul Rashid said five more victims who were rescued in the incident were now in Lahad Datu.
“All of them gave their full cooperation and had their statements taken by police over the case,” he said, adding that all the victims saved were aged between 20 and 40.
Meanwhile, Abdul Rashid said cross border criminals were now seen as changing their tactics to target barges which moved slowly and were easier to intercept.
In the 6.30 pm incident on Friday, four out of 10 Indonesian crew members were kidnapped by armed men who were believed to have boarded their trawler which was on their way from the Philippines to Indonesia.
Moments after the incident occurred in international waters, six crew members were rescued by Malaysian security forces when their boat entered Malaysian waters.—BERNAMA
KOTA KINABALU, — The State Assemblyman for Senallang, Datuk Seri Nasir Tun Sakaran said it is unfair to put the blame fully on the security forces, particularly the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom), for the kidnapping incident in the national waters recently.
He said everyone should be more realistic and look positively at the various progress carried out by ESSCom including preventing several abduction cases in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone) earlier.
“What is certain is that the implementation of the curfew in several areas in the ESSZone, an increase in the number of security personnel and assets as well as the establishment of a forward operations base are proactive measures that give a positive impact.
“But when cases of security threats such as kidnapping occur, the effectiveness of all these measures and initiatives would be questioned again,” he said in the debate at the State Leglsiative Assembly sitting, here Monday.
In this regard, Nasir said the kidnapping case masterminded by the same group must be tackled in a more holistic manner involving not only the enforcement group alone.—BERNAMA